Murder By Experts ran on Mutual from June 1949 through December of 1951. Its total run consisted of 130 episodes of crime and mystery that quickly birthed a loyal following of listeners and swiftly gained the respect and approval from the radio world at large.
This show boasted the genius of Robert Arthur and David Kogan of The Mysterious Traveler fame along with famous mystery writers like John Dickson Carr and Brett Halliday who hosted the program and also included many familiar names from the deep pool of New York acting talent like Lawson Zerbe, Ann Shepherd, Santos Ortega, Ralph Bell, and William Zuckert. The program featured stories by well known writers of the time and chosen by "guest experts" like Craig Rice, Bruno Fisher, Lawrence Blochman and other household detective fiction names.
The host would begin by saying something like "This weeks show has been chosen for your approval by one of the worlds leading detective writers", would then name the story, its author and the name of the guest expert. When the play came to a close the narrator would return to the air saying "and so the curtain falls on", gives the title of the play again and gives a preview of next week's drama.
This radio show was such an immediate favorite that it won the prestigious "Edgar Award" for the best radio drama in 1950 after being on the air for only six months. This was no surprise given the fact that the Arthur/Kogan Collaboration had already achieved much success with The Mysterious Traveler which had been previously nominated in 1949, losing against the great Inner Sanctum Mysteries.
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June 23, 2016 Subject:
Award-winning treat for mystery fans
At the conclusion of the episode CONSPIRACY, the writing and directing team Kogen and Arthur are presented the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award for best radio mystery series of 1949 by the Mystery Writers of America. Interesting brief speech credits many of the crew.